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How to Do Research

A general process for doing research at the college level.

Step 6

Toy Story meme. To infinity, and beyond!
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Yup, this where we enter the infinity loop.

  • Go back through your articles.
  • Do more searching based on your new information.
  • Do more brainstorming.
  • Find more articles.

Keep going through this process again and again until you are satisfied you have

  1. the correct information,
  2. the most relevant sources, and
  3. enough sources to satisfy the professor.

Just because your assignment has a note for 5 sources at a minimum does not mean you should hand in just 5 sources. We have yet to see a professor subtract from a grade for having more relevant sources than the minimum.

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